March 4, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Preston Medlin earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors, Brockeith Pane was named to the honorable mention team and Kyisean Reed was named to the WAC's all-newcomer team as the league announced its postseason teams Sunday.
With Medlin's honor, Utah State has now had 21 first-team all-conference selections over the last 13 seasons. For USU, it is the 13th straight year it has had at least one first-team all-league selection. Overall, Utah State has had nine first-team all-WAC players in its seven years in the league and 33 first-team all-conference selections in the last 34 years.
Medlin also becomes the first Utah State sophomore to earn first-team all-league honors in its seven years in the WAC and only the second Aggie to ever accomplish the feat along with Nate Harris who earned first-team all-Big West honors following the 2003-04 season.
Nevada's Deonte Burton was named the WAC's Player of the Year, while Louisiana Tech's Raheem Appleby was named the league's Freshman of the Year and Nevada's David Carter was named the WAC's Coach of the Year. USU had claimed player of the year honors from the WAC three times in the last four seasons as Jaycee Carroll won the award in 2008, Gary Wilkinson in 2009 and Tai Wesley in 2011, while Stew Morrill had won three-straight Don Haskins Coach of the Year awards.
Medlin, a 6-4, 175-pound sophomore guard from Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS) is averaging 16.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from three-point range and 79.5 percent at the free throw line. He currently ranks first in the WAC in three-point shooting, third in scoring, seventh in free throw shooting, ninth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.64), 10th in assists, and 10th in overall shooting. Overall, Medlin has scored in double-figures a team-leading 26 times this year including in each of his last 14 games.
Pane, a 6-1, 195-pound senior guard from Dallas, Texas (Carter HS/Midland Texas JC) is averaging 12.4 points and 3.97 assists, while shooting 40.8 percent from the field, 30.3 percent from three-point range and 80.0 percent at the free throw line. He currently ranks fifth in the WAC in free throw shooting, seventh in assists, and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.40). Pane has scored in double-figures 22 times this year to rank second on the team behind Medlin (26).
For Pane, it is the second-straight year that he has been honored by the WAC as he was named to the league's first-team as a junior.
Reed, a 6-6, 215-pound junior forward from Palmdale, Calif. (Highland HS/Antelope Valley JC) is averaging 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.10 blocks per game, while shooting 61.7 percent from the field and 63.6 percent at the free throw line. He currently ranks first in the WAC in field goal shooting, sixth in blocked shots and 13th in rebounding.
Utah State (17-14, 8-6) is the fourth seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., and will play Louisiana Tech (16-15, 6-8) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 18 at 9:30 p.m. (MT). Utah State swept the season series with the Bulldogs winning 69-65 in Ruston and 77-63 in Logan. Overall, USU is 14-2 all-time against LTU including a 2-0 record in the WAC Tournament.
2011-12 WAC Men's Basketball Postseason Award Winners
All-Conference First Team Vander Joaquim, Hawai`i, C, 6-10, Jr., Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah) Deonte Burton, Nevada, G, 6-1, So., Los Angeles, Calif. (Compton Centenial HS) Olek Czyz, Nevada, F, 6-7, Sr., Gdynia, Poland (Duke) Wendell McKines, New Mexico State, F, 6-6, Sr., Oakland, Calif. (Richmond HS) Preston Medlin, Utah State, G, 6-4, So., Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)
Second Team Kevin Olekaibe, Fresno State, G, 6-2, So., Las Vegas, Nev. (Cimarron-Memorial HS) Kyle Barone, Idaho, C, 6-10, Jr., Garden Grove, Calif. (Pacifica HS) Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Fr., Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS) Dario Hunt, Nevada, F, 6-8, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Charis Prep School) Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State, G, 6-1, Sr., Montreal, Quebec (Vanier College)
Honorable Mention Zane Johnson, Hawai`i, G, 6-6, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz. (Arizona) Deremy Geiger, Idaho, G, 5-11, Sr., Las Vegas, Nev. (Grayson County College) Trevor Gaskins, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Ole Miss) Malik Story, Nevada, G, 6-5, Jr., Pasadena, Calif. (Indiana) Hamidu Rahman, New Mexico State, C, 6-11, Sr., Somerset, N.J. (American Christian HS) Brockeith Pane, Utah State, G, 6-1, Sr., Dallas, Texas (Midland JC)
Player of the Year: Deonte Burton, So., G, Nevada Freshman of the Year: Raheem Appleby, G, Louisiana Tech Don Haskins Coach of the Year: David Carter, Nevada
All-Defensive Team Vander Joaquim, Hawai`i, C, 6-10, Jr., Luanda, Angola (College of Eastern Utah) Landon Tatum, Idaho, G, 5-11, Sr., San Antonio, Texas (South Plains College) Trevor Gaskins, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Sr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Ole Miss) Jerry Evans Jr, Nevada, G, 6-8, So., Lawndale, Calif. (Leuzinger HS) Dario Hunt, Nevada, F, 6-8, Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo. (Charis Prep School)
All-Newcomer Team Djim Bandoumel, Idaho, F, 6-7, Sr., Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (Monroe College) Raheem Appleby, Louisiana Tech, G, 6-2, Fr., Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville HS) Daniel Mullings, New Mexico State, G, 6-2, Fr., Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Laurier) James Kinney, San Jose State, G, 6-2, Jr., Champaign, Ill. (Eastern Utah College) Kyisean Reed, Utah State, F, 6-6, Jr., Palmdale, Calif. (Antelope Valley JC)
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